About New Life Ministries

About New Life Ministries 2018-10-23T14:13:20+00:00

Our History

New Life Ministries, founded by Stephen Arterburn, began in 1988 as New Life Treatment Centers. New Life’s nationally broadcast radio program, New Life Live!, began in early 1995. “Women of Faith” conferences, also founded by Stephen Arterburn, began in 1996; and between 1991 and 1999, New Life acquired the Fred Gross Christian Therapy Program, Remuda Ranch, Minirth-Meier Clinics, and the Calvary Center. All have since been sold or closed. The New Life Counselor Network was formed in 2000. New Life continues to develop and expand our programs and resources to help meet the changing needs of our callers and listeners.

New Life Today

Today New Life Ministries is a nationally recognized, faith-based, broadcasting and counseling non-profit organization providing ministry through radio, TV, our counseling network, workshops, support groups, and numerous written, audio, and video resources. All New Life resources are based on God’s truth and help those who are hurting find and build connections and experience life-transformation.

Our New Life Live! radio program, still the centerpiece of our ministry, is broadcast on Christian radio stations in more than 150 markets, including most major metropolitan areas and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio. New Life Live! can also be seen on NRB, and The WalkTV.

Our passion is to reach out compassionately to those seeking emotional and spiritual health and healing for God’s glory. New Life Ministries Resource Center receives thousands of calls each month from those looking to us for help. We look forward to the future with hope that God will continue to bless our ministry and those we serve.

Call us at 800-NEW-LIFE. We have a resource that can help, and we are waiting for your call.

Mission Statement

Transforming lives through compassionately communicating God’s truth and connecting people into redemptive relationships.

Vision Statement

Reaching people with Biblical truth and the best in psychological knowledge for emotional, physical, and
spiritual transformation through media, events, and personal connection.

Core Values

Connection, Truth, Transformation.

As a professional organization, we set forth the following beliefs which have been agreed to by the professional and support staff of New Life Ministries.  These beliefs are essential to our treatment philosophy and ministry.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He has revealed Himself in creation, history, and in Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in God’s creation of the world and humankind and in humanity’s rebellion and subsequent depravity.
  • We believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His deity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His true humanity, His miracles, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father, and in His coming personal return in power and in glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of the lost, sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.  We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as one’s Savior.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to grow in the knowledge of God and Christian obedience.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the importance of the church for worship, service and missions.
  • We believe all human life is a sacred gift from God and is to be protected and defended from conception to natural death. We will uphold the sanctity of life and bring the grace and compassion of Christ to those who face the realities of previous abortion, unwanted pregnancy, and end-of-life illness.
  • We believe in the importance of marriage.  Specifically, that marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24), and that a person’s sex (male or female) is determined by God in the womb (Psalm 139:13) and revealed at birth.
  • We further believe that marriage is a covenant relationship that is mirrored in the relationship between Christ and His Church (Revelation 19:7, 21:2, 21:9).  And although the Bible states that divorce is permissible in two unusual circumstances (adultery as described in Matthew 5:31, and abandonment of a Christian by a non-Christian as described in I Corinthians 7:15), we will do all we can to preserve marriage.
  • We believe that all psychological principles should be thoroughly evaluated through the grid of Scripture, and that Scripture always holds the final authority.

1988 – Steve Arterburn founds New Life Treatment Centers (NLTC), a for-profit entity.
1991 – NLTC acquires the Fred Gross Christian Therapy Program, which has an inpatient hospital program in Buena Park, CA, and opens other inpatient treatment programs around the country.
1994 – NLTC acquires Remuda Ranch.
1994 – NLTC acquires the Minirth Meier Clinics.
1996 – Women Of Faith (WOF) begins with over 30,000 attendees in its first year.
1998 – NLTC sells WOF and Remuda Ranch, and spins off the Minirth Meier radio program as a non-profit entity, later changing the name of the radio program to New Life Live.
1999 – New Life Ministries becomes the official name.
1999 – New Life acquires the Calvary Rehabilitation Center.
2000 – The New Life Counselor Network is created. To date it has grown to over 940 counselors.
2000 – In November, Every Man’s Battle Workshops launched.
2001 – NLM begins its monthly giving program, Club New Life. New Life supporters make an impact for Christ in the lives of many people.
2002 – Lose it For Life Workshops begin.
2003 – New Life sells Calvary Rehabilitation Center. NLM continues to provide Christian substance abuse treatment through its partnerships with top Christian chemical dependency facilities around the country.
2004 – Healing is a Choice and Every Heart Restored Intensive Outpatient Programs begin.
2005 – New Life delivers over 40,000 Every Soldier’s Battle kits.
2005 – Post workshop group coaching begins.
2006 – New Life Weekends launch across the United States.
2007 – Every Man’s Battle makes national news. In February, a judge in Pennsylvania recognizes that in addition to punishment, a sentenced sex offender needed help so he ordered the man to read the Every Man’s Battle book.
2008 – New Life celebrates 20 years.
2010 – The New Life Resource Center and Warehouse move to Richardson, TX.
2010 – New Life Live begins to air on cable television.
2010 – Every Man’s Battle celebrates 10 years in November.
2011 – Women in the Battle Workshops begin.
2011 – New Life hosts its first webinar.
2011 – New Life Marriage Workshops begin.
2013 – New Life and Steve Arterburn celebrate 25 years.
2015 – New Life launches the wedared.com site, a 30-Day challenge for men to lead them on the path of sexual integrity.
2016 – New Life moved it’s office from Laguna Beach to Lake Forest, adds two new intensive workshops, Intimacy in Marriage and Take Your Life Back.
2018 – New Life and Steve Arterburn celebrate 30 years.

  • Steve Arterburn – Founder and CEO
  • Larry Sonnenburg – President
  • Kim Dixon – V.P. of Operations
  • Lisa Voyen – Director of Communications
  • Becky Brown – Director of  Counseling Network
  • Rhonda Sonnenburg – Director of Development
  • Diane Gresham – Director of Finance
  • Terrie Storm – Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
  • Steve Arterburn – Carmel, IN – Founder and Chairman of New Life Ministries

    Steve is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live!  He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s BattleHealing Is A Choice and his latest books, The Mediterranean Love Plan, and Take Your Life Back. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited Life Recovery Bible.

    Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.

    Steve resides with his family in Carmel, Indiana.

  • Keith Campbell – Salem, NJ – Chairman, Mannington Mills

    Keith is currently the Chairman of the Board of Mannington Mills, Inc., one of the oldest and largest flooring manufacturers in the U.S. founded by his great grandfather. Keith’s business background and experience have resulted in a wide range expertise in management, finance, sales and marketing.

    He is married to Shirley, and they have 3 grown, married children, and 3 grandchildren.  Keith and his family are very philanthropic and community minded, supporting many educational and civic causes.  Keith has a wealth of experience serving on boards of hospitals, churches, civic organizations, the Federal Reserve, and now New Life.

    Both Keith and Shirley have participated in New Life workshops which have fueled their interest in becoming devoted supporters of New Life Ministries.  Keith enjoys playing golf and tennis, and loves spending time with his family.

  • Peter Flood

  • David Patton – Oakton, VA – President, Potomac Economics

    Dr. David B. Patton is President of Potomac Economics and has 24 years of experience as an energy economist providing expert advice, analysis and testimony to clients in the electricity and natural gas industries. Dr. Patton’s areas of expertise include market design and monitoring, merger and other market power analysis, transmission pricing, asset valuation, and congestion management.

    David and his wife, Anna-Kristina have three daughters and live in Oakton, VA. They are active at their church leading a marriage ministry, and are alumni of New Life’s Intimacy in Marriage workshop.

  • Larry Sonnenburg – Lake Forest, CA – President, New Life Ministries

    As the current President of New Life Ministries, Larry is a respected and valued member of the Board. Larry graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics. Prior to joining New Life Ministries, Larry gained a wealth of experience as the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a mega-church and international ministry located in Garden Grove, California where he served for 20 years. Larry started with New Life in 2004, and has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and now as President.

    Larry brings not only significant talent in the area of operations, but his honesty, warmth, and sincerity enable him to forge and maintain long term donor relationships.

    Larry and his wife, Rhonda, have two married sons, and two grandchildren. Larry enjoys reading, gardening, golfing, and spending time with his family.

  • Dr. Dave Stoop – Newport Beach – Psychologist

    Dr. Dave Stoop served as a pastor for 12 years while completing his clinical studies. He has taught in a number of Youth With a Mission schools in many different countries, and along with his wife, Jan, conducts weekend marriage workshops. In his spare time, he and one of his sons have restored a 1964 MGB, and he enjoys driving it around town.

    Dr. Stoop is a Gold Medallion winning author who has written over thirty books, including, Forgiving the Unforgivable, You Are What You Think, Rethink How You Think, and Just Us, A Devotional for Couples. He has co-edited The Life Recovery Bible with Steve Arterburn, Dave is a frequent co-host on New Life Live!

    Dr. Stoop and his wife Jan live in Newport Beach; they have three sons, six grandchildren, and two puppies.

  • Julie Voorhees – Santa Barbara, CA

  • Debora Yeats – Carrollton, TX – Painting Contractor/Real Estate Broker

    Debbie has been a New Life supporter and radio program listener for many years. Debbie has previous experience serving on homeowners’ association and ministry boards. She brings her broad expertise as a contractor, realtor, EPA Certified Renovator, and entrepreneur to the New Life Board.

    She is married to Dean Peters. She has one daughter and 3 grandchildren. In her precious little spare time, Debbie enjoys her dogs (Duke and Bentley), movies, gardening, decorating and designing the homes that she buys and sells, and collecting giraffes.

New Life Ministries Web Network

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Children’s Privacy
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